Trick 'R Treat / Terreur à l'Halloween (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
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Trick 'R Treat (2009) BD
Trick 'r Treat, directed by Michael Dougherty of Superman Returns fame, has a comic book feel but does a nice job of conveying the real things that can spook kids, making for a good Halloween thriller. Composed of four intertwined stories that unfold simultaneously, starting on the same block in Ohio, Trick 'r Treat initially bears some resemblance to John Carpenter's Halloween, in that it focuses on terrors experienced by teens and young, costumed children. As the short tales become increasingly violent and complex, one begins to see that many culprits are responsible, and that a general haunting of all neighborhood jack-o'-lanterns is the root cause of some gory crimes. For example, in one segment, Emma (Leslie Bibb), against the wishes of her husband, Henry (Tahmoh Penikett), blows out a candle in her jack-o'-lantern and pays dearly as her night unfolds. Meanwhile, Laurie (Anna Paquin of True Blood), a young woman dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, goes to the woods to party with her sister and two girlfriends, attracting a stalker whose smile alone is creepy enough to startle a slumber party crowd. The two stories starring younger kids carry the film, however. In one, elementary-schooler Charlie (Brett Kelly) meets with the demented school principal, Steven (Dylan Baker), who assesses Charlie's love of stealing candy and thrashing pumpkins. At the same time, a witchy nerd named Rhonda (Samm Todd) is invited to join a young gang at an abandoned rock quarry and faces the mean gang leader, Macy (Britt McKillip), after a prank goes awry. "Earlier" or "Later" periodically flash onscreen in comic-book typeface, successfully directing the viewer through time and also relieving some tension that would've built through a single sustained story. In this, light comedy and some downright silliness shine through. All the kids are in great costumes, and the film, overall, has a festive goth look. By the end, one trusts that Trick 'r Treat is really targeting the younger age group that it highlights, yet it contains enough spook to make adults jumpy as well. --Trinie Dalton --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
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Like Creepshow and Twilight Zone: The Movie before it, Trick `r Treat is a series of scary stories, each one perfectly crafted and connected. In fact, much of the fun in Trick `r Treat is in the ways each story links up with the others.
The four stories touch upon nearly every Halloween and horror trope, from serial killers and zombies to pranks gone wrong and vampires, but the victims here are not punished for those traditional and dated infractions of drug use or premarital sex. Rather, the punishments come for not treating Halloween with the respect it deserves, for not taking joy in its traditions, and for taking cruel and unfair advantage of its simple, childlike sense of fun. The film harkens back and pays homage to the best of horror cinema while putting its own twist on those classic themes, often playing our expectations against us.
These expectations, of course, are unique to those of us who've fed on a steady diet of horror movies over many years--maybe decades--and Trick `r Treat is writer-director Michael Dougherty's gift to we members of that rarefied club. This is a movie that rewards you for being a fan of horror films; the sort of (all too) hidden gem that makes us feel sorry for those non genre fans who're missing out on such bloody, mean, dark, twisted fun.
I envy those horror lovers who haven't yet seen this movie. You're in for a real treat.
It's pretty intriguing. The setup is a lot like the movie Pulp Fiction, or even Magnolia. This film has several stories that all take place on Halloween night, it's all jumbled around, and eventually they all come together at some point. The things you see at the end of the movie happen before what went on in the middle, that sort of thing. It's actually easier to follow than Pulp Fiction too.
The acting is surprisingly good for a horror film. Every story has a great twist, and the gore is used to enhance the story rather than be the showcase of the film, which you don't see much of these days. Best of all, it does what it promises: provides a great story (or in this case, stories) that manages to use the mystique of Halloween throughout the movie without letting how cheesy it is distract you from it, and even unnerve and scare you a bit.
I would recommend checking it out to any horror fan that is tired of found footage, 3D, "torture porn" films, and the endless sequels to all of films in those categories. It's actually worth spending the money on it.
The tragedy of the movie is that it never saw the light of night in theatres. I have no idea why it never went to theatres [I had been anticipating this movie since 2006], but truth be told, they should have went forward with it.
The interwoven story lines in the movie are PERFECT. The mix of the graphic novel/comic and story adds to the film as a whole. The character of Sam, while you can guess what/who he is is revealed at the end and brings all the story lines together.
You aren't left wondering "why!?".
I must admit, that some characters are a bit hokey, but it sure beats the hell out of CG. Michael Dougherty does a fabulous job of weaving everything together and truly incorporating the mystery and lore of Samhain into a carnage-filled, cohesive and entertaining movie.
To those who said to him "bring on prettier actors" or "bring in more famous people", screw off! The movie is perfect the way it is and I think the fact that only a few actors are well known separates this movie, from other big budget horror movies which are more about appearance than substance.
So in sum, download it, then buy it and show your support, this is going to be a classic for years to come.
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The trailer looked fantastic, the movie was not that good though.Published 5 months ago by Ed D. Ryan
Wanted this movie for years,cannot buy it in stores! Works perfect( doesn't skip) very pleased with the product,and the seller! Very happy customer!Published 6 months ago by Stacey Caldwell
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